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AUSTIN (AP) - The public's access to concealed handgun licenses -- is now cut off.
Governor Rick Perry has signed into law a bill that seals state records showing who is allowed to pack a gun in public.
Only law enforcement agencies would have access to the license
information. The law took effect immediately upon its signing Wednesday.
Representative Patrick Rose of Dripping Springs says the steps that law-abiding Texans take to protect themselves and their families should be issues of private concern.
The media urged Perry to veto the bill, saying it was an open government issue -- not a gun issue.
Anyone can check on information from other types of licenses the state issues, such as those for doctors, nurses, lawyers, real estate agents and barbers.
The Texas Department of Public Safety maintains concealed handgun records.
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